Reducing Burden, Ensuring Competence, Improving Quality, and Enhancing Professionalism: How Can ABFM Contribute to All?

by Robert Phillips, MD, MSPH

For many physicians, maintaining certification is but 1 of a number of nonclinical activities that require additional time and energy. The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is working to balance the importance of providing a mechanism for family physicians to demonstrate their ongoing competency and improvement with the additional burden and expense that federal efforts to move toward value-based payment will add to physicians’ work. For this reason, the ABFM is investing heavily to align continuous certification with value-based payment requirements in a manner that both reduces burden and bends value-based payments to primary care’s value. A description of these multifaceted efforts is described below.

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